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The Future Of Cooking

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The Future Of Cooking

Gone are the days of nearly passing out from gas inhalation when your stovetop won’t turn on, or accidentally burning yourself on an electric cooker. Induction cooking is an innovative and exciting way to cook, and it looks like it’s here to stay. As April Davis discovers, investing in induction technology is the perfect way to become an honorary member of the futuristic cooking club.

The 21st century has welcomed a new era of stylish and functional kitchen products that go far beyond the realm of conventional gas and electric cooking. The market is now dominated by a new key player: induction technology. Sleek and powerful, this new tech is transforming the way residential kitchens function across the globe, and giving traditional cookers a run for their money.

Here, Queensland Kitchen + Bathroom Design speaks with Daniel Bertuccio, marketing manager at ILVE, to discover the ins and outs of induction technology.

HOME COOKING AT ITS BEST

Induction technology is becoming a popular choice for homeowners who want appliances that are easy to use and clean, and are safe, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing. As Bertuccio explains, induction cooking is completely different to conventional cooking technologies because the cooking process is more direct and controlled.

“As traditional as it is to cook on gas, induction cooktops have become increasingly popular ... across Australia. They are just as easy to control as traditional gas cookers but are much faster to heat, saving valuable preparation time.

“The best way to describe the induction process is: a copper coil sits underneath the tempered glass, and when it comes into contact with stainless steel, iron or ferrous, it creates magnetic energy, which is transferred into heat.”

Not only is induction cooking safer and quicker, it’s also more energy-efficient and easy to clean. Keeping your kitchen clean is easier than ever thanks to the smooth, flat surfaces of induction cookers.

“There are no hidden parts under the glass, so if anything were to spill onto the surface the glass can simply be wiped down, rather than undertaking the tricky task of taking the cooktop
apart, which is common with traditional gas tops,” says Bertuccio.

STAY SAFE

Safety in the kitchen is always important, especially if you have inquisitive children following you everywhere you go. Induction technology, unlike its traditional counterparts, has built-in safety features that make it impervious to accidents in the kitchen.

“Boasting a number of different safety features, such as child locks, no naked flames, and the ability to turn off when cookware is removed, ILVE’s induction cookers are the perfect addition to any kitchen,” says Bertuccio.

“If you happen to over-boil a saucepan or pot, or the cooktop reaches a dangerous temperature, the cooktop will automatically shut down to prevent any harm to itself or the kitchen. ILVE’s induction cooktops are also fitted with a clever spill detection device, so if [a pan] does overflow, the stovetop will switch itself off and beep to alert the user.”

GO GREEN

Homeowners are becoming more attuned to the idea of green living, so if reducing your carbon footprint is an important consideration, induction cookware could be perfect. Induction cooking is more efficient and eco-friendly than other forms of kitchen technology. Bertuccio explains how induction technology is modernising the way we look at integral kitchen products.

“Induction cooking is more energy-efficient, and therefore better for the environment. It uses 90 per cent of the energy produced, compared to only 55 per cent for a gas burner and 65 per cent for traditional electric ranges.”

With energy prices across the country becoming almost unbearable, investing in induction cookware can reduce your usage and generate long-term savings.

A FORMAL INDUCTION

Shopping for new kitchen products is always fun, but if you plan on purchasing an induction cooker, you will also need to invest in cookware that works with the technology.

“Cookware must be compatible with induction heating and needs a magnetic base, which can easily be found in any cookware retailer. This is because induction technology uses magnetic fields that transfer the cooking energy to the base of your cookware,” Bertuccio says.

If you want to spare yourself the expense of purchasing a whole new set of saucepans and pans, you can easily test your existing ones for compatibility. If a magnet will stick to the base of your pots and pans, they should be safe to use.

When shopping for cookware, or checking to see if your existing products are suitable, keep in mind that induction stovetops have flat, glassy surfaces. If you’re used to cooking with woks or pans with curved bottoms, you may have to seek out alternatives.

Installation and, of course, operation are key factors you should consider prior to finalising your purchase. Luckily, having your new cooker installed is straightforward and easy operation is only a button away.

“Installation can be done by any electrician, and operation takes a little getting used to (like any new appliance), but is extremely easy. Once you’re familiar with how induction technology works, you’ll never go back,” says Bertuccio.

Induction technology is an easy, foolproof way to induct yourself into the futuristic world of home cooking. Optimal functionality, easy operation, and the technology’s game-changing safety features combine to ensure dinner time is more enjoyable and less stressful for the whole family.

Images courtesy of ILVE

 

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